What we buy matters
In 2013, Fairview reviewed purchasing habits for environmentally preferable purchasing opportunities. In the past, Fairview Pharmacy Services had been delivering medications to patients in StyrofoamTM coolers—about 44,000 each year. Because most recyclers don’t accept Styrofoam, the majority of those coolers ended up in landfills, where they take hundreds of years to break down.
To eliminate Styrofoam from the shipping process, we partnered with StarchTech Inc., an eco-friendly packaging company in Golden Valley, to source a product made from cornstarch. The new coolers are comprised of six panels that are easy to recycle. Most importantly, these new coolers are a safe and sustainable solution for shipping temperature-sensitive materials.
Our Pharmacy Services employs adults with developmental disabilities from a local nonprofit organization to assemble the coolers, providing valuable green jobs for the community.
Where are we today?
Since we started using the biodegradable coolers two years ago, we have seen an improvement in satisfaction from our customers. Patients no longer need to worry about how to dispose of their coolers. In addition, as our Pharmacy Services continues to grow, so does the number of coolers. We now ship nearly 70,000 coolers a year.
By making this simple change in product, we’re making a significant investment in our community and planet, while benefiting our patients.
Learn more about our sustainability efforts: http://bit.ly/1LYCQo4